Jordan Henderson insists there are no guarantees he will be confirmed as Steven Gerrard's successor as Liverpool captain given the experience and character of other players within the squad.
The midfielder was appointed as the Reds' vice-skipper last summer and has taken the armband in recent weeks while Gerrard has been sidelined with a hamstring injury.
However, Henderson believes all suggestions he will be given the responsibility on a full-time basis are premature due to the strong leadership qualities of his dressing room colleagues.
"Next season we'll see what happens because it might not be me succeeding Stevie, it might be someone else," he told the official Liverpool FC magazine.
"There are a lot of strong leaders in the dressing room. There are a lot of big characters in the team - down to earth, humble people.
"Mama [Sakho], Emre [Can] and Skrts [Martin Skrtel] have developed a strong collective understanding. You can see their passion, they're desperate to win, they give everything.
"Studge [Daniel Sturridge] is a big character. Lucas [Leiva] is too. I can only do the current job the best I can."
Henderson has played alongside Gerrard for four years since moving to Anfield from Sunderland in 2011.
During that time, the 24-year-old feels he has learnt much from the legendary No.8, both on and off the field.
"Stevie's the perfect captain really. He's a leader on and off the field," Henderson added.
"He's someone we all look up to. He always puts the team first. He's very unselfish.
"When I became vice-captain, I tried to learn as much from him as I could.
"The thing I've probably learnt most from Stevie is the way he overcomes the disappointments. I think that defines you more than anything.
"I can relate to it. If I look back to my first season here, it wasn't easy. But it made me stronger.
"I always think of losing the FA Cup [final to Chelsea] rather than winning the League Cup. Setbacks like that inspire you to want more - to progress and to win."
Henderson has been in fine form in recent weeks for Liverpool, with goals against Manchester City and Burnley taking his tally for the season so far to five to add to an impressive tally of 11 assists.
As in previous seasons, the England international has been utilised in a variety of positions and feels such experiences have been beneficial in helping him develop further as a player.
Henderson said: "When you play in different roles, your horizons broaden.
"You understand the game better. If you play in the middle of the park, you develop the mindset of players in other positions.
"If you've played on the right and are in the middle, you're more likely to appreciate where the player on the right will be depending on where the ball is.
"It also means that you can encourage players in other positions to do the right thing. If you've been there yourself, your words tend to hold that bit more authority.
"In football now, I think you need to have the potential to play anywhere. Systems aren't as rigid as they used to be and here at Liverpool ours involves a lot of movement. That helps the team to be a lot less predictable."